Pittsburgh responds to a verdict within the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin – WPXI

PITTSBURGH – UPDATE: 6:10 p.m. – Pat Narduzzi, head coach for football at the University of Pittsburgh, tweeted this statement following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.

Justice served‼ ️
I pray that this judgment will bring the change this nation desperately needs. America will never be really great without real equality.

– Pat Narduzzi (@CoachDuzzPittFB) April 20, 2021

UPDATE: 6:05 p.m. – Duquesne University students and staff received this message from the university’s president following the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin Trial.

UPDATE: 6:02 p.m. – Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto posted the following statement regarding the murder trial and conviction in Derek Chauvin’s case.

“I was relieved to see that the jury’s decision today to find Derek Chauvin guilty of all three charges of the horrific murder of George Floyd last year was in justice. But I also understand that no judgment can bring life back or remove the pain that the Floyd family and so many Americans – especially in our black community – continue to experience. We cannot eradicate centuries of systemic racism and our efforts to uplift and support our minority neighbors must continue today and for years to come, ”said Mayor Peduto.

UPDATE: 6:00 p.m. – U.S. Senator Bob Casey released this statement to Channel 11 following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.

“This judgment is about accountability, but it is not about justice. Although Derek Chauvin will be held accountable for the murder of George Floyd, it is not enough. Countless others have died by the police due to a broken system that needs reform. My thoughts today are with George Floyd’s family. Real justice will come as Congress passes the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and other measures to correct the injustice caused by systemic racism and injustice, ”said Senator Bob Casey, D-PA.

UPDATE: 5:35 p.m. – The fraternal police force released a statement following today’s news from Minneapolis, MN.

“This is not an incident involving Pittsburgh Police officers, policies, or tactics. Therefore, it would be inappropriate to comment on an incident in which neither the officers nor the members of FOP Ft are involved. Pitt Lodge # 1, ”Robert Swartzwelder, Brotherhood of Police.

Breaking: Pgh Police Union’s Response to Chauvin’s Judgment: “This is not an incident involving Pittsburgh Police Officers, policies, or tactics. Therefore, it would be inappropriate to comment on an incident that does not involve officers or members. “#Wpxi

– Rick Earle (@WPXIRickEarle) April 20, 2021

UPDATE: 5:30 p.m. – The Pittsburgh Penguins, as an organization, have released a statement regarding the outcome of the Derek Chauvin Trial.

UPDATE: 5:25 p.m. – The Black Political Empowerment Project is holding a press conference in Pittsburgh after the verdict was announced in the Derek Chauvin Trial.

An emotional moment:

When the Black Political Empowerment Project held a press conference calling for changes in the local police force, Derek Chauvin is found guilty of the death of George Floyd. @WPXI pic.twitter.com/V15VvNJFhm

– Sarafina James (@SarafinaWPXI) April 20, 2021

UPDATE: 5:15 p.m. – Following Derek Chauvin’s conviction, community and political leaders in southwest Pennsylvania are reacting.

If the process made you feel uncomfortable or troubled, you are not alone. Ask for help. Pennsylvania has a 24/7 mental health support line: 1-855-284-2494

– Senator Jay Costa (@Senatorcosta) April 20, 2021

UPDATE: 5:10 p.m. – Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of the death of George Floyd.

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. – People from the Pittsburgh area, including members of the Black Lives Matter movement, plan to gather at Pittsburgh’s Freedom Corner after the judgment is read.

On Tuesday evening, people across the country were preparing for the verdict to be pronounced in the Derek Chauvin Trial.

Chauvin is the former Minneapolis, MN police officer who is accused of murdering George Floyd in May 2020.

Floyd’s death sparked massive protests across the country, including in Pittsburgh.

Law enforcement and community leaders are telling Channel 11 that they have prepared for today’s verdict and hope the response will be peaceful.

I’ve been speaking to Mayor @billpeduto within the last hour. He believes Pittsburgh is prepared for protests following Chauvin’s verdict. He pointed out that the city has learned a lot from the over 100 protests that have taken place since George Floyd’s death in May 2020.

– Aaron Martin (@WPXIAaronMartin) April 20, 2021

Channel 11’s Rick Earle has learned that Pittsburgh’s special response team is on standby.

Breaking: The Pgh Mayor’s Chief of Staff tells Target 11 that the city is awaiting the judgment in Minneapolis and is monitoring the situation here. Sources tell Target 11 that the police special team is now on standby. #wpxi

– Rick Earle (@WPXIRickEarle) April 20, 2021

This is a developing story. Stay tuned to Channel 11 News, WPXI.com, and our WPXI News app to keep reporting.

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